John Carpenter’s The Thing is the best practical effects driven film I have ever seen. I think it has a great concept that has you guessing at every turn. Now this film also titled The Thing is being called a prequel of sorts, and although some aspects of the trailer also say remake, I do like that it feels like we are right back in icy Antarctica with no way out. Especially when there is an alien based organism floating around. It looks like they are willing to step up the horror and stay true to the original with practical effects, but I do expect some CG in there somewhere — they can’t help it, it is 2011.
There are a few choice scenes and setups in the trailer that make it look exactly like the 1982 film. From the looks of it the characters even seem similar with Joel Edgerton looking slightly like Kurt Russell and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje looking almost exactly like Keith David. You would think that this is a remake. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen and Kim Bubbs also star. This is Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s first film. He will be directing from Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Final Destination 5) and Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) script. I think that this is something to look forward to. It reminds me of something like X-Men: First Class in the sense that it is kind of like a reboot/remake and a prequel. I have a lot of love for John Carpenter’s The Thing and I do think that this looks good. The Thing hits theatres on October 14th; check out the trailer after the jump.